Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Lovely days.....

 This dry warm weather is just lovely at the moment. I took one of my favourite walks yesterday to Towan Beach and followed the headland round to Porthbeor, taking in the views along the way.

The hedgerows are brimming with frothy cow parsley, red campions, bluebells, buttercups and stitchwort. I've been picking jugfuls of cow parsley to set outside the shop; it matches the delicate green and white upholstery on this chair perfectly!

 I have quite a selection of dyed French linen smocks for sale, and Patsy has been making beautiful pieces too, like this blouse made from 1950's pink seersucker using a vintage pattern. She has put delicate white piping around the Peter Pan collar and down the button front.

 An old baby dress that I've dyed dusky pink, and one of Wendy's little baby bonnets with a hand-stitched boat on the side.......

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Vitamin Sea

What a tonic to have a whole day of glorious sunshine! I headed off up to Chapel Porth for a good dose of vitamin sea...
The strong easterly wind was whipping the waves into a frenzy of blown spume

each receding wave left whirls of foam
and the sun glinted off ripples in the sand.

The famous Towanroath engine house stands sentinel on the cliff edge just a short walk from Chapel Porth. It pumped water from the 600 ft deep shaft of the Wheal Coates Mine.
Where the seawater had collected in deep pools around the rocks it was the most amazing shades of turquoise and green.
I left feeling very wind-blown but refreshed.
We are not experiencing the same heatwave temperatures that some of you in the east are having, but the sunshine is so welcome all the same!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

 Since Christmas I have been doing lots of dying; lots and lots of it! Bits of lace trim, Broderie Anglaise, Suffolk Puffs, Irish crochet, linen sheets, pieces of quilted bedcover, silk ribbons, old tablecloths, French linen smocks, petticoats; you name it, it's all got thrown in together.
The clothes, tablecloths and some of the larger linen pieces will be sold as they are, but with all of the smaller offcuts, ribbons, and lace trims etc I have been putting together little selection bundles......

 Priced between £5 and £15 pounds they make a lovely gift for any textile enthusiast who loves to sew little projects.

This afternoon I will be re-arranging the shop ready for Easter, with new Spring cushions,
 lovely linens,
and pretty pearl jewellery.

Upstairs I have created a comfortable dressing area where you can try on our ever-expanding range of interesting clothes; a mixture of second-hand pieces, dyed French linen smocks, vintage petticoats and hand-printed Indian indigo cottons.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Snowy Lane

 The snow we had a couple of weeks ago was blizzard-like and not at all pleasant to be out in, but today the snow came floating down in huge flakes and coated everything with an icing so perfect, it was a fairytale.
 I took a walk down the lane where I live, and looked over the gates into fields of whiteness.
 Such a lovely feeling came over me as I walked and marvelled at the beauty of it all; every leaf and branch coated in its own little blanket of snowflakes.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Duchy Nursery

Today I decided to go to Lostwithiel to have a mooch around the antique shops, and then for lunch I took the short drive up to the Duchy of Cornwall nursery. The indoor cafe was full, but there were a few tables set up in part of the greenhouse, and I actually prefer to sit in there amongst all the interesting pots and plants. 
 This little robin was singing his heart out and hopping around the tables looking for titbits.
 They really do display the plants beautifully at this nursery, with imaginative use of antique props and a plethora of nice quality pots and planters.

 My particular interest is in cacti and succulents, so this display really caught my eye.
 Aren't the little ceramic pots lovely?

 And yes, one of these did come home with me......

 Afterwards I took a walk from nearby Respryn Bridge up to Lanhydrock House. The sun on the beech tree avenue was magical.
 I collected some twigs from a dead oak tree; these will come in useful for wreath-making.
 Then down to the banks of the fast-flowing River Fowey and a leisurely stroll back to the van, and home.